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Exposing PG&E's other "cozy relationship," with Mayor Ed Lee

News outlets from Sacramento to Los Angeles are crowing about Pacific Gas & Electric Company's alleged "cozy relationship" with the utlity that oversees it, the California Public Utilities Commission. Read more »

University of California System, Ignoring its Own State's Public Utility Commission, Sides with Taxi Cartels Against Convenience, Sense, and Rideshare Apps

last monthNews : Reason

As I reported at length last October, California was the first state to create a statewide regulatory structure to allow the use of smartphone apps hat summon rides-for-hire; the most prominent such companies are Uber and Lyft.  Despite...Show More Summary

California Regulators tell Uber and TNCs to stop illegal airport pick-ups and Europe taxis strike

Transportation Network Companies (TNC) is a new acronym I learned today after several news stories about the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ordering Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other on-demand ride companies to cease illegal pickup and drop-off services at airports in California. Show More Summary

California launches energy management education campaign

2 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

With the state facing a near-record drought and a summer expected to be hotter than normal, a new statewide education campaign has kicked off supported by an alliance of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits. Show More Summary

Is California’s Public Utilities Commission Complicit In A Cover-up?

Originally published on the ECOreport. The attached videos of the May 14 Settlement Evidentiary hearing, for the closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, in California, are shocking. The shortest, posted at the very bottom of the page, is a collection of clips giving some keys points. Show More Summary

Fear and Loathing at the CPUC: California Debates the Future of Solar

3 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The debate on the future of distributed solar in California, which is by far the largest solar market in America, began in earnest this week at the state’s Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. The commission convened a workshop in response to AB 327, legislation passed last year that requires a “successor tariff” to replace Continue reading ?

California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Energy Systems to the Grid

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies. Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements. read more

Taxi drivers protest rideshares as government mulls new regulations

Cabs line up along the CPUC in protest of "rideshare" industry. Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Car horns honked and tempers flared as 30 taxi cabs circled around the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday [Wed/9], protesting...Show More Summary

California Grandfathers Existing Solar Arrays In, Rates Won’t Change For 20 Years

Originally published on the ECOreport. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that existing rooftop solar arrays can keep selling electricity to the grid at current rates for 20 years. This applies to all customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company. Show More Summary

Electric Rates Reduced at Port of Long Beach

Reduced electric rates help the port improve air quality; discounts will save tenants $350 million, keep port competitive   The California Public Utilities Commission

$TSLA Momentum Stalls

Talk about $ TSLA disappointment. Investors expected Elon Musk to shine the light on Tesla’s new battery factory when he spoke at the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday. What they got instead was a wonky panel Read Mor...

MUSK: Hard Times Must Come For Utilities (SCTY)

Elon Musk is warning fossil fuel-dependent utilities to prepare for hard times. In comments made at a panel set up by the California Public Utilities Commission, Musk said addressing climate change depends on upending traditional power providers, and he called on regulators to help lower the cost for renewable providers to compete with them. Show More Summary

Musk at Utilities Commission Gives Credence To Gigafactory Power Play

Maybe Morgan Stanley was on to something. A day after Tesla, $ TSLA, reveals details of its Gigafactory in a sparse blog post, CEO Elon Musk speaks at the California Public Utilities Commission. The topic of Read More...

New York joins California as leader in energy storage (and what it means for your state)

5 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

In my last article for Smart Grid News, I discussed energy storage legislation and why it is so essential to preserving the energy grid. California’s Public Utility Commission had just proposed an aggressive energy storage mandate for its three largest utility companies to incorporate 1.3 GW of storage into the grid by 2020. That mandate Continue reading ?

PUC San Onofre proposal wins praise

 Much if not all of the electric power once provided by the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be replaced with energy from non-fossil-fuel sources, says a proposed decision pending at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Who is Liable When Ridesharing Goes Wrong?

Popular ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar have long-operated in a legal gray zone. While the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) unanimous approval of new regulations around ridesharing services last September helped to clear some of the ambiguity, scores of questions remain. Show More Summary

The 3 keys to selecting the right utility energy storage. (Are you listening California?)

6 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently passed a mandate requiring the state’s investor-owned utilities to reach an energy storage target totaling 1,325 MW by 2020 — the first of its kind in the United States. Suddenly, California utilities found themselves shopping for a relatively new energy resource. via Smart Grid: The 3 keys to Continue reading ?

California ISO, CPUC Will Jointly Plan For A Clean-Energy Grid

7 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO) has approved a plan to collaborate with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on a multi-year reliability planning process to ensure long-term electric reliability as the California power grid continues its clean energy transformation. Show More Summary

California PUC fines PG&E on ethics violations

The California Public Utilities Commission has fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $14.4 million for failing to notify regulators about incorrect records on a natural gas pipeline running through the city of San Carlos.

CPUC update of rate case process a long time coming

8 months agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is updating the process by which rate cases of the state’s investor-owned utilities are considered in order to better integrate and prioritize safety and reliability issues into the process. via CPUC update of rate case process a long time coming – FierceEnergy.

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